When it comes to lodging, dining, shopping and spa treatments, Fearrington Village has your list covered. What you may not know is that Fearrington Village is called home to many local artists and their studios. This month, artists will be opening the doors to their very own studios to invite you to see their creativity at work for free. From Saturday, April 14th and Sunday, April 15th, we hope to see you with your own new piece of art!
Within this guide to Fearrington Village’s Open Studio Tour, find some useful tips for purchasing your first piece!
Open Studio Tour 2018
On Saturday, April 14th, the studios will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 15th from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. That’s just enough time to find that perfectly original masterpiece for your own, or gift for someone else. In exploring the different studios, view a variety of works in progress as well as completed artwork available for sale.
While the tour itself is self-guided, many studios are available throughout the year for touring appointments.
Tip #1: Researching different styles of art and artists is always an effective tactic for determining the style that interests you the most. Get a feel for your taste before committing to a purchase.
Upon arrival, make sure to pick up your Studio Tour Map, so that you leave no studio unpainted. Along the way, you will notice road signs indicating more specific directions to each studio.
For an early look at the map, please visit: http://www.fearringtonartists.org/tour-brochuremap.html
To get a better idea of what to expect, set out your own itinerary for the day using this Artist Directory: http://www.fearringtonartists.org/artists.html
To set up a personalized studio tour, call the studio of your choosing to make the appropriate arrangements.
Tip #2: Knowing the story behind a piece of art makes it that much more special to own. Don’t be shy to ask the artist about their inspiration or story for their creation.
Your Day in Fearrington:
You don’t have to be a descendent of Picasso to enjoy this event at Fearrington Village! If you do need a quick break from touring, make sure to visit any of the deliciously local restaurants in the area. Thanks to the event sponsors – Angelina’s Kitchen, Moon Asian Bistro, Alberello and the Belted Goat – find the perfect culinary compliment to your day.
Spend a few moments learning more about the historic farm itself and the many creatures that live there. You may run into a cow or two on your way! Beginning in the 1770s, the history of Fearrington Village is nothing short of colorful and is a testament to the importance of community and local commerce.
Trip #4: No matter what your budget is, you will find artwork to fit in it. Set a fixed budget before you begin your shopping in order to narrow your search.
The art just keeps on going! On Saturday, April 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., visit the Bynum Bridge Fest – an annual art market and festival overlooking the Haw River. If the scenery alone isn’t enough to draw you in, maybe any of the 49 artists in attendance will be.
The Fearrington Village artists that will be showcasing are: Vidabeth Bensen, Don Corley, Horty Jacobs, Matthew Leavitt, Roni Liberman, Kay Murphy, Leslie Palmer, Steve Shafer and Eric Saunders.
It’s never too early for cross off items from your holiday shopping list, maybe throw some jewelry, photography or pottery in there for you too!
Trip #5: Go with your instincts and commit to a purchase that you know you are going to love!